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Chinese Language Kit


Apple Computer, Inc. recently announced the Chinese Language Kit, a software product that allows customers to input, edit, and display Chinese characters. Using the Chinese Language Kit, based on WorldScript, a Macintosh computer with System 7.1, and any application that supports Apple's WorldScript, customers can create documents that mix Chinese characters with other languages supported by their system.

The Chinese Language Kit supports both Traditional and Simplified characters. It includes bilingual documentation, TrueType fonts, and a wide variety of input methods, including the most popular - Pinyin and Zhuyin. The Chinese Language Kit requires a Macintosh computer with a least 5MB of RAM, System 7.1, and a hard disk drive with at least 10MB of storage available (17MB to install both Traditional and Simplified characters). Additional TrueType fonts are contained on a CD ROM (included); in order to use them, users will need a CD ROM drive and additional hard disk space.


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Ukranian System 7.1


In commemoration of Ukraine's second anniversary of Independence on August 24, Apple Computer in Ukraine launched the full Ukrainian version of the Apple System 7.1, with full documentation and keyboards in the Ukrainian language. The system and keyboard also has English and Russian characters. Apple is the first and only company to complete this task. Apple opened offices in Ukraine in November 1992, and currently has a staff of more than fifty, and has authorized more than twenty-five dealers and five software developers throughout the country.

Free updater files for Language Kits from Apple


Free Updater files have recently been posted on-line by Apple Computer, Inc., for the Japanese and Chinese Language Kits. Updater files are required for customers who would like to use the Language Kits with System 7.5. They provide compatibility with the new System 7.5 technologies, including QuickDraw GX, Apple's new graphics, type, and printing architecture.

The Chinese Language Kit 7.5 Updater provides compatibility between CLK versions 1.0 and 1.1 and System 7.5. For those currently using CLK 1.1, this free update is all that's needed to turn a Language Kit into the latest version, CLK 1.1.1. For owners of CLK 1.0, Apple is offering an at-cost upgrade. The primary difference between CLK 1.0 and more recent CLK versions is a set of improved fonts which have improved bitmaps that support a few more characters, plus have better performance.

Apple releases updated Japanese Language Kit and KanjiTalk


Apple Computer Inc. has introduced Japanese Language Kit 1.2 and KanjiTalk 7.5 to the US and Canadian markets. These products allow North American customers to run Japanese-language applications on a Macintosh computer purchased locally.

Version 1.2 of the Japanese Language Kit is fully compatible with Macintosh System 7.5. It also includes three Japanese TrueType fonts that are compatible with Apple's QuickDraw GX graphics software, the most up-to-date version of the Japanese input method Kotoeri, new Kana keyboard labels, and demos of several Japanese and WorldScript applications. With the Japanese Language Kit software running on an English-language Macintosh, the user interface remains in English, but users can run both English-language and Japanese-language applications and create documents that contain both languages.

KanjiTalk 7.5 is the same version of the Macintosh operating system that is used by customers in Japan. It offers the same capabilities as the Japanese Language Kit, but has a Japanese-language user interface.

The Japanese Language Kit, as well as Apple's Chinese Language Kit, is available from Apple and through resellers at a suggested retail price of $249. KanjiTalk 7.5 is available in North America at an approximate retail price of $349 through AsiaSoft, at 800-882-8856, and through KanjiTalk dealers. For either product, customers can call Apple at 800-538-9696, Ext. 525 for a dealer referral.

Apple announces Korean Language Kit


Apple Computer Inc. announced the Korean Language Kit, which allows users to switch between their computer's main language and Korean. The Korean Language Kit enables users to enter, edit and print text in Korean or mix Korean with other languages in the same document. In conjunction with a world-ready Internet browser, the Korean Language Kit also enables customers to view Korean Web sites.

The Korean Language Kit supports Hangul, the Korean alphabet, and Hanja, the ideographic Chinese characters commonly used in Korean. It includes five high-quality Apple TrueType® fonts, documentation in both English and Korean, and a set of transparent keyboard labels to enable users to customize their keyboard. The TrueType fonts contain both Hangul and Hanja characters and are fully functional with or without Apple's QuickDraw™ GX technology. In addition, each font includes over 2,000 special symbol characters for various desktop publishing needs.

Apple's full-featured input method, called the Power Input Method, offers the user a selection of keyboard layouts, including two of the most popular Korean keyboard layouts and two romaja input modes for easy phonetic-based input by non-native speakers. In addition, the input method allows the user to easily convert Hangul to Hanja, as well as to create a personal dictionary via the Hanja Dictionary Utility.

Apple releases Indian Language Kit


Macintosh users can now enter, edit and print text in several East Indian languages. The new Indian Language Kit also lets users view and create Indian-language based Internet Web sites and produce Indian-language films and QuickTime movies. The kit offers the choice of three Indian scripts: Devanagari (used for Hindi, Marathi, Nepali and Sanskrit), Gurmukhi (used for the Punjabi language) and Gujarati (used for the Gujarati language). Users can easily switch between these languages when using more than one in a single document. The kit comes with a selection of keyboard layouts including the default INSCRIPT, developed in India to meet the specific requirements of Indian languages.

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